One of the important things for a producer to remember is that you don’t have to know everything – you just have to know who to ask. In that spirit, I am really thrilled to announce the formation of ProducingforFilm.com’s Advisory Team and to welcome three outstanding professionals to it.
First, is Carol Littleton an extraordinary editor whose credits include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” which earned her an Oscar nomination, “Places in the Heart”, “Body Heat” and “The Big Chill”. She’s worked with filmmakers like Steven Speilberg, Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Demme and Robert Benton. She also won a Primetime Emmy for editing “Tuesdays with Morrie”. I had the great pleasure to work with Carol on “The Truth About Charlie” where I served as the Post Production Supervisor.
Next is Sarah Frank, a terrifically talented production designer based in New York who was the Art Director on “The 24 Hour Woman” and the Production Designer on “Union Square”. Sarah is a fantastic asset on any project – a strong artistic sensibility and a master of staying on budget. Those are the two attributes that an independent filmmaker craves when looking for a Production Designer. Her other credits include “Red Hook Summer”, “Broken Flowers, as well as episodes of “In Treatment” and “Law & Order: SVU”.
Finally, is a first rate Script Supervisor who has turned into a talented director, Shari Carpenter. She began her career doing Script on such films as “Malcolm X” and “Juice” and has made the transition to directing in the last ten years. I worked with Shari on “Subway Stories” and “The 24 Hour Woman” as Script Supervisor and then had the pleasure of producing “Building Girl” which she directed. Shari’s other credits include “Waiting to Exhale”, “The Best Man” and “Inside Man”.
As I wrote this post, I realized that, aside from talent, the quality these women share is calmness – especially in pressure packed moments. They love their work and they approach every insurmountable problem as a challenge to be overcome. We’ll talk a lot more about demeanor and attitude in future posts but for now, let’s just say that these are three people you would want on your side in a tough situation. Together they have decades of experience in the film and television industry working on outstanding projects. They should add a lot to our discussions and our knowledge base.
In the coming months we’ll be doing interviews with our Advisory Team members but, in the meantime, if you have any questions about specific production or post-production areas we’ll go to our Team for assistance. We’ll also be adding more Team members – hopefully one from each department on a film – as well as experts in other areas of production. The idea, as I constantly advise young producers, is to surround yourselves with a first rate, experienced team.
Look for more from them in this space and please feel free to ask a question.